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Students head to Florida capital to press for gun law change

Posted yesterday in National

A hundred Stoneman Douglas High School students are busing 400 miles to Florida's capital Tuesday to urge lawmakers to act to prevent a repeat of the massacre that killed 17 students and faculty last week.

 

 

Trump offers support for background checks on gun buys

Posted yesterday in National

From the confines of his golf club, President Donald Trump offered support for a limited strengthening of federal background checks on gun purchases Monday while staying largely mum in the last few days about the victims of the Florida school massacre and the escalating debate about controls on weapons.

 

 

Few states let courts take guns from people deemed a threat

Posted yesterday in National

The warnings around Nikolas Cruz seemed to flash like neon signs: expelled from school, fighting with classmates, a fascination with weapons and hurting animals, disturbing images and comments posted to social media, previous mental health treatment.

 

 

Inmate in landmark Supreme Court case denied parole

Posted yesterday in National

A 71-year-old Louisiana inmate whose case led to a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision on juvenile-offender sentences was denied parole Monday, more than a half-century after he killed a sheriff's deputy at age 17.

 

 

Facebook to verify ads with postcards after Russian meddling

Posted yesterday in National

Facebook will soon rely on centuries-old technology to try to prevent foreign meddling in U.S. elections: the post office.

 

Plan tries to slow brain drain from Mississippi

Posted 2/19/2018 in National

Mississippi has a bright-lights-big-city problem, with a significant numbers of college graduates earning their degrees in this mostly rural state and then departing for bigger paychecks and expanded cultural opportunities in Atlanta, Dallas, Nashville and beyond.

 

Mueller charges Russians with meddling in 2016 race

Posted 2/17/2018 in National

In an extraordinary indictment, the U.S. special counsel has accused 13 Russians of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 presidential election, charging them with running a huge but hidden social media trolling campaign aimed in part at helping Republican Donald Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton.

 

 

Kentucky teen charged as adult in school shootings

Posted 2/17/2018 in National

A 15-year-old boy accused of opening fire inside his Kentucky high school will be tried as an adult on murder charges.

 

 

FBI says it failed to investigate tip on Florida suspect

Posted 2/17/2018 in National

The FBI received a tip last month that the suspect in the Florida school shooting had a "desire to kill" and access to guns and could be plotting an attack, but agents failed to investigate, the agency said Friday.

 

 

Lots of talk, little action in Congress after shootings

Posted 2/16/2018 in National

For a brief moment after the Las Vegas massacre last fall, Republicans and Democrats in Congress talked about taking a rare step to tighten the nation's gun laws. Four months later, the only gun legislation that has moved in the House or Senate instead eases restrictions for gun owners.

 

 

Trump to tackle mental health, school safety -- but not guns

Posted 2/16/2018 in National

Declaring the nation united and grieving with "one heavy heart," President Donald Trump is promising to tackle school safety and "the difficult issue of mental health" in response to the deadly shooting in Florida. He made no mention of the scourge of gun violence.

 

 

Did FBI miss a warning before Florida school shooting?

Posted 2/16/2018 in National

The massacre at a Florida high school is again raising concerns about whether the FBI missed signs that might have stopped a mass shooting.

 

 

Hundreds hold vigil for victims of Florida school shooting

Posted 2/16/2018 in National

At least 1,000 people attended a candlelight vigil Thursday night for the 17 people killed in a Florida school shooting, some of the mourners sobbing openly as the victims' names were read aloud.

 

 

Food box idea draws ire from Democrats, advocates

Posted 2/16/2018 in National

The Trump administration is pushing what it calls a "bold new approach to nutrition assistance": replacing the traditional cash-on-a-card that food stamp recipients currently get with a pre-assembled box of canned foods and other shelf-stable goods dubbed "America's Harvest Box."

 

 

Senate rejects immigration bills; young 'dreamers' in limbo

Posted 2/16/2018 in National

The Senate has left hundreds of thousands of "Dreamer" immigrants in limbo, rejecting rival plans that would have spared them from deportation and strengthened the nation's border security.

 

 

Bannon interviewed in Mueller's Russia investigation

Posted 2/16/2018 in National

Steve Bannon, the combative former chief strategist for President Donald Trump, was interrogated for 20 hours over two days this week as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, according to a person familiar with the process.

 

 

Florida high school shooting plunges city into mourning

Posted 2/15/2018 in National

Just before the shooting broke out, some students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School thought they were having another fire drill.

 

 

GOP women chafe at Trump's mixed signals on abuse charges

Posted 2/15/2018 in National

The Trump White House's handling of abuse charges against men in its midst is frustrating prominent Republican women as the party's yearslong struggle to attract female voters stretches into the 2018 midterm elections.

 

 

EPA chief says he flies first class due to security concerns

Posted 2/15/2018 in National

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency has broken months of silence about his frequent premium-class flights at taxpayer expense, saying he needs to fly first class because of unpleasant interactions with other travelers.

 

 

Watchdog's report faults VA chief over Europe trip expenses

Posted 2/15/2018 in National

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin improperly accepted Wimbledon tennis tickets and his staff lied that he was getting an award in order to justify his wife accompanying him at taxpayer expense on an 11-day European trip that mixed business and sightseeing, according to a blistering government investigation released Wednesday.

 

 

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